The Computer & Communications Industry Association is issuing the following statement in response to President Obama’s appointment of Howard Schmidt to serve as the nation’s cybersecurity chief. The following statement can be attributed to CCIA spokeswoman Heather Greenfield:

“With momentum building on Capitol Hill to move cybersecurity legislation, this appointment comes at a critical time so that someone can speak on behalf of the administration and its views on what is needed in this legislation and what is not.”

“We’re glad to see this important post filled. Internet users need to trust their information and sensitive data is secure. President Obama’s statements on cyber security reflect an understanding of the need to keep the Internet both open and safe and maintain the freedom and privacy of those using it.

“Schmidt will have a full plate as cybersecurity touches on a wide range of issues including privacy, encryption, government procurement and whether the nation’s power grid is secure. He will also help determine what kind of public and private research and development is needed to develop cybersecurity standards. The private sector can and should be involved in the standard formulation process to ensure new standards are sufficiently forward looking and flexible enough to incorporate new technology. We look forward to working with the new chief toward these goals.”

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